U.S. intelligence director does not believe Karzai will sign security pact

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Posted: Feb 11, 2014 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. director of national intelligence, said on Tuesday he does not expect Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

The Obama administration has been pressing Karzai to sign a security pact that would authorize U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. But Karzai has refused so far to sign a bilateral security agreement, which Washington insists must be approved before it will agree to leave a troop contingent behind.

"I don't believe that President Karzai is going to sign it," National Intelligence Director James Clapper said at a U.S. Senate hearing when asked whether he thought it would best if Washington simply decided to wait for the election of a new Afghan president for the signing of an agreement.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bill Trott)